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University of the South Pacific Indoor Multipurpose Gym
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Discover tropical happiness in the islands of Fiji. There are so many things to do across this South Pacific nation, that you’ll quickly learn that one holiday just isn’t enough! From pristine beaches to lush forests; quaint villages and bustling hubs, the choice will astound you—Fiji is the one place where visitors are truly free to do as much or as little as they want! Fiji runs off “island-time”—a laid back attitude that allows everyone to just enjoy being in the moment. No matter where you travel or what you do, .....this attitude will be present; an overarching reminder to relax into the holiday spirit! Don’t run yourself thin when you go on your Fiji holiday. Use the list below and plan your trip by region. Our Fiji Holiday Experts have compiled some of the top things to do across the main tourist hubs, as well as few lesser known things that you simply cannot miss! Show less
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Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Cuvu
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Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Cuvu, Fiji
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Cuvu, Fiji
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Cuvu, Fiji
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Cuvu, Fiji
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Cuvu, Fiji
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Cuvu, Fiji
If you want to Surf Fiji, apart from staying at the Batiluva Resort and commuting 8 miles to an outer break (see the previous post on Jet Ski Tours), you can also go to the Coral Coast and swim out to a Surf Break only a hundred metres away from the Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa. The Surf Break in this location is a right hand reef break over a coral reef. Surfing is possible year round with the peak season between May and September. I can’t surf to save myself, but .....it seems that this sport is like an addiction for the people who love catching a wave every day. Show less
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Viti Levu
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Viti Levu, Fiji
Fire Walking is something you can check out while you are in the Pacific Harbour region of Fiji (the southern part of the main island, Viti Levu). And this is really an amazing site that you really have to see with your own eyes and feel with your face! The Arts Village there has daily performances of Fire Walking 4 times a week. Fire Walking originated in the village of Navakaisese on Beqa Island and is known as ‘vilavilairevo’, which is literally translated into English as ‘jumping into the oven’ (check out .....this old Fire Walking Photo). Fire Walking was traditionally practiced on special occasions, and preparations used to last for weeks.  The right firewood, stones and costumes needed to be selected for the ceremony to create the right conditions for having a nice stroll on some really hot rocks. Show less
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Somosomo Strait
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Somosomo Strait, Fiji
Somosomo Strait, Fiji
Somosomo Strait, Fiji
The Somosomo Strait, stretching between Taveuni and Vanua Levu, is one of the finest known dive locations in the oceanic country of Fiji. Fiji’s “soft coral capital of the world” title is well deserved and the Strait is served by several dive resorts, which are also considered the best way to dive into the waters. An extremely rich marine eco-system filled with corals and fish and other underwater creatures thrives in the waters here making it an absolute haven for diving aficionados. However, it’s not considered a perfect place for amateur .....divers, the Strait offers strong currents which only professional divers can fathom. About 3 kilometers from Taveuni shores, you’ll come across one of the most famous and magnificent reefs known as the Rainbow Reef, a part of the popular Great White Wall. Named after the unusual soft coral reefs inhabiting the area, this section of the diving site is swarming with magical almost-luminescent white corals. One of the best scuba diving resorts is Paradise Taveuni. We spent three nights at this resort and enjoyed scuba diving with them. For those who are less adventurous, Taveuni Island offers great snorkeling right off its shores. One of the best snorkeling spots on Taveuni Island is at Waitabu Marine Park. It is spectacular and be prepared to spend the whole day swimming around looking at giant clams and bright colored corals. Show less
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Garden Island Resort
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Garden Island Resort, Fiji
Garden Island Resort, Fiji
Air Travel and Ground Transportation for two guests •    Airfares for two adults from any major international airport to Fiji’s Nadi International Airport; •    Airfares for two via Fiji Links to Savusavu Airport •    Ground transportation to Fiji-Life Wavi Island Resort, a private gated resort
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Nadi Airport
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Nadi Airport, Fiji
Nadi Airport, Fiji
Nadi Airport, Fiji
Nadi Airport, Fiji
There are daily flights from Nadi Airport and Nausori Airport (Suva) to Taveuni. More popular air carriers include Fiji Link and Northern Air. You can also book a charter with Island Hoppers and Pacific Island Air. From Nadi, it takes about an hour and a half whereas, from Nausori Airport, it takes about an hour. Routes are often heavily booked and are canceled all of the time with the smallest hint of bad weather. Try to plan for a grace period between Taveuni and your international flight in case you get .....stuck a day or two. It is also best to book your flights in advance since seats are limited due to the small plane size. Note: The Nausori Airport is small and only operates right before flights arrive. There is a place to buy a soda and little snacks but otherwise, that is it. Show less
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Coral Coast
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Coral Coast, Fiji
Coral Coast, Fiji
Coral Coast, Fiji
Coral Coast, Fiji
Coral Coast, Fiji
Coral Coast, Fiji
The Kula Eco Park is located on the Coral Coast section of Fiji.  It’s a good excuse to get out of the resort and have a look around the displays of Fijian wildlife, which mainly consists of numerous native birds and lizards. The Kula Eco Park takes its name from the Fijian national bird, the Kula – here is a photo of one below:
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Lavena Coastal Walk
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Lavena Coastal Walk, Fiji
Lavena Coastal Walk, Fiji
One of the most prominent attractions in Taveuni, Lavena Coastal Walk takes you through a 5 kilometers stretch of fine, white-sand of Lavena beach, breathtaking views of the jungle, remote local villages, black sand, and ends at Fiji’s most magnificent and iconic cascading waterfall. It’s a great spot for swimming and snorkeling as well. The best way to see the spots around the Coastal Walk is to hire a local guide – not only do they have the best information, but it’s also a great way to support the local tourism. Reserve .....half a day for the hike as it essentially takes about four to five hours to complete and then some more to enjoy the natural beauty you encounter on your way. Bring your swimming suit (and a waterproof camera if you’d like) for you will have to swim about 100 meters to reach the main waterfall pit. Note: Some tours offer a boat trip back from the waterfall. This can be great for those who can not hike much. However, keep in mind the waves can be bad at times and that can make for an unpleasant boat trip. Show less
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International Date Line Sign
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The International Dateline in Taveuni is the site where you can stand with one foot in the present and another in yesterday. A huge map, split into two halves, indicate that the Garden Island of Fiji is intersected by the 180° or in other words, the International Date Line. The site is located within the Millennium Park. For explorers, it’s a delight to finally stand on the first landmass that experiences and celebrates New Year anywhere in the world.
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Wairiki
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In an island full of wilderness, coral reefs, and intriguing flora and fauna, the Wairiki Mission, also known as the Taveuni Catholic Church, is the most architecturally fascinating structure in Taveuni. A brilliant specimen of British colonial Romanesque architecture, the Church is situated on the edge of a picturesque coconut plantation. Constructed in 1907, the Taveuni Catholic Church is dedicated to a French missionary who successfully helped the local warriors to defeat an army of thousands of Tongans during a major battle. Come on a Sunday to experience a beautiful service hosted .....by locals where you can join in on the wonderful singing. Visitors are invited to attend mass on Sundays from 7 A.M. to 9 A.M. Dress well and be prepared to sit on the floor since there are no pews or seats. Show less
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Vanua Levu
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Vanua Levu, Fiji
Vanua Levu, Fiji
Vanua Levu, Fiji
Stepping ashore briefly from MV Reef Endeavour during a Captain Cook Cruises Discovery Cultural Cruise, we’re circumnavigating Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu. Promising to visit ‘places without postcards’, many of the villages we call into are little visited by travellers. Island hopping, we dip our toes into the melting pot of Indo-Fijian, Polynesian, Micronesian as well as Melanesian-Fijian cultures. Cruising far-flung islands onboard MV Reef Endeavour, the 7 night cruise offers a fascinating insight into the many facets that comprise multi-cultural, multi-racial Fiji.
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Mantaray Island Resort
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Mantaray Island Resort, Fiji
Mantaray Island Resort, Fiji
Mantaray Island Resort, Fiji
Mantaray Island Resort, Fiji
Mantaray Island Resort, Fiji
Mantaray Island Resort, Fiji
Start in Nadi and end in Mantaray Island! With the adventure tour Wanderlands Fiji, you have an 8-day tour package taking you through Nadi, Fiji and 3 other destinations in Fiji. Wonderlands Fiji is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
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Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
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Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, Fiji
Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, Fiji
Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, Fiji
Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, Fiji
Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, Fiji
Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, Fiji
Lo sits me down inside and away from the blustery south-east trades winds that buffet the beach a few metres from her door. She tells me how she established the tea house with her husband Voka 16 years ago. ‘My husband is a chief at Nabukero village near the Sawa-i-lau Caves in the northern Yasawa Islands.’ Lo says proudly. His chiefly duties keep him from home most of the time so that he returns to Enedala village just once each month. With her husband absent, the first ten years were tough .....for entrepreneurial Lo as she established the business. Visitors were sparse in the early days, sometimes just two or three arriving each week. ‘Initially I didn’t have money to build the tea house. I didn’t have anything in the beginning, I had to borrow everything to get the tea house started,’ Lo explains. ‘I’ve been working hard and for ten years I struggled with this business,’ she says, explaining how she would visit tourist resorts dotted around the lagoon, encouraging travelers to visit. ‘It’s a tea house, come to the tea house, I would tell all the guests. My special cake is chocolate and banana cake, served with Lemon Leaf Tea. All the guests now come because I serve the famous Fiji Lemon Leaf tea.’ she says. ‘The tea is the best. It makes you healthy and strong!’ Show less
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Australian High Commission
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Fiji Airways often have really good sales on from Australia and New Zealand for flights to Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore especially. I’ve seen them doing less than $600 return for these Asian cities, well undercutting other airlines that usually do these routes for well over $1000 return. Fiji Airways also offer direct flights from Fiji to many cities in North America and other pacific island nations. It’s important to note that Fiji Airways don’t seem to be well represented on flight searching services such as Skyscanner, so it’s a good .....idea to check their website if you want to find a good deal to any of these places. Show less
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Bouma National Heritage Park
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Bouma National Heritage Park, Fiji
Bouma National Heritage Park, Fiji
Bouma National Heritage Park, Fiji
Bouma National Heritage Park, Fiji
Bouma National Heritage Park, Fiji
Bouma National Heritage Park, Fiji
Tavoro Waterfalls, also at times known as the Bouma Waterfalls, within the Bouma National Park in Taveuni, is the most prominent attraction on the island. There are not one but three waterfalls to come across on your three-hour return hike around the vicinity. Each of the three waterfalls presents you with a natural volcanic pool, perfect for swimming and relaxing after the long hike. As soon as you start hiking, within 10 minutes you come across the first waterfall, the most famous of the three. At 24-metres high, it’s a good place .....to have a picnic and BBQ with your group. The other two waterfalls are a bit quieter and tougher to get to but the route offers you some stunning scenery of the surrounding forests. Bring your snorkeling gear to spot numerous shrimps swimming in the water. Show less
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Des Voeux peak
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Apart from the above-mentioned popular sites, there are a few other attractions that can be enjoyed on a visit to Taveuni, Fiji. Among them is the Des Veaux Peak which can be hiked to or you can take a four-wheel drive, but at present, these are the only two options to reach the peak. 1,196 meters above sea-level, the Peak is home to Fiji’s National Flower, Tagimoucia – you can’t find this anywhere else in the world. The second highest peak in Fiji, Des Veaux also has an abundance of other .....flora and fauna. Looking for more great things to do in Taveuni? Below we have put together a travelers bucket list of everything you must do when visiting the island of Taveuni, Fiji. Your trip to Taveuni would not be complete until you: Show less
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Pacific Ocean Culture
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Taveuni, the third-largest island in the country of Fiji, is situated in the northern tip of the Koro Sea. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Taveuni coordinates: 16°47’37” S 180°00’00’E As you can see from the above map, the island is situated much farther north from where you arrive in Nadi or Suva on Viti Levu.
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Taveuni Island
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Taveuni Island, Fiji
Taveuni Island, Fiji
Taveuni Island, Fiji
Taveuni Island, Fiji
Taveuni Island, Fiji
The main town on Taveuni is the little village of Somosomo and Naqara. They are little and not very touristy. You won’t find many gift shops selling tourist items here instead it is local housing, housing for Taveuni’s high chief, government buildings, and a graveyard. This was surprising to us since we expected tourist shops, bars and all of that good stuff that comes with beachside towns. But that is not the case here. It seems most travelers stick to their resorts. This little village does operate on island time, so keep .....that in mind. That means late openings and Sundays off. Sundays off in Fiji are typical so don’t plan on going out shopping or even booking tours on Sundays since most places do not operate. Show less
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Paradise Taveuni Resort
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Paradise Taveuni Resort, Fiji
Paradise Taveuni Resort, Fiji
Paradise Taveuni Resort, Fiji
Paradise Taveuni Resort, Fiji
Paradise Taveuni Resort, Fiji
Paradise Taveuni Resort, Fiji
Tipping is always a headache as a traveler. We feel tipping should be based on going above and beyond, not just doing basic services. In Fiji and on Taveuni, tipping is not customary and is not required. However, it is now started to be expected. Fiji is a communal society, and as such, everything is shared. Most resorts will have a “Staff Christmas Fund” box available so their guests can put in a tip for the whole staff. This is a great way to spread the wealth among everyone, not just the .....people you see every day but the people behind the scenes you do not see. Show less
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Gaiatree Sanctuary
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Immerse yourself in the flavors of Fiji on this half-day tour of Gaiatree Sanctuary with a small group. Explore the Taveuni Island herbs, spices, and tropical fruits during a tour of the sanctuary, including its nectar lab and day club. You’ll taste 3 unique courses in a vegetarian meal that has 90% of the ingredients coming directly from the Fiji Food Forest. Your small group is limited to just eight people, which gives you personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere.
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The Pearl Resort
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The Pearl Resort, Fiji
The Pearl Resort, Fiji
The Pearl Resort, Fiji
The Pearl Resort, Fiji
The Pearl Resort, Fiji
There is nothing better than basking in luxury at The Pearl Fiji. Located on the quieter side of the island it's the perfect couples retreat. Their couples massage was like no other. We were lucky enough to have a suite at this resort and a full day to relax and enjoy each others company. Read: Spa Etiquette – From Stripping to Tipping
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Kula WILD Adventure Park
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Kula WILD Adventure Park, Fiji
Kula WILD Adventure Park, Fiji
Kula WILD Adventure Park, Fiji
Kula WILD Adventure Park, Fiji
Kula WILD Adventure Park, Fiji
Kula WILD Adventure Park, Fiji
While water activities are the main attraction in Fiji, the sand dunes in Sigatoka shouldn’t be missed.  Either spend the day sliding down the smooth sand hills or set up a bon fire for a sunset picnic.  The soft sand also makes for a grueling workout if you want to give your legs a challenge.  Located in the Coral Coast (where Phillipa grew up), this National Park is a unique cultural heritage site and one of her favourite spots in Fiji.
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Lawaki Beach House
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Lawaki Beach House, Fiji
Lawaki Beach House, Fiji
Lawaki Beach House, Fiji
Café 30 serves one of Phillipas (and my own) favourite dishes, Kokoda, which consists of raw fresh fish marinated in lemon juice or coconut cream.  If you don’t make your way here, try seek the dish out elsewhere – it’s a local favourite.  The Beach House is also a great little bar featuring exotic tropical drinks, smoothies as well as fresh coconuts.  The atmosphere is low key and is popular among the younger crowds, making it a go-to if you’re travelling in a group. [separator type=”thin”] So there you have it, some .....top local suggestions for your time in Fiji.  We spent Christmas and New Year in Fiji a couple of years back but although I did get a couple of spa treatment I haven’t been to the InterContinental Spa yet and feel that I might need to remedy that oversight!  Have you visited Fiji or any of the other Pacific Islands yet?  We’d love to hear your recommendations too in the comments below. Pin these images or any others in this article for future reference Show less
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Lo's Tea House
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‘Call me Lo,’ she says with a dazzling smile bright enough to turn night into day. 20 minutes earlier I had left behind the tranquil waters of Fiji’s famed Blue Lagoon, taking a well-trodden path that wound through a coconut plantation, teetering across a couple of tree trunks strung together as bridges, down the valley and up over the ridge looking for Lo’s Tea House. Even by Fijian standards Enedala village is tiny, with just 30 people from 11 families living in the coastal village. ‘This is my Grandfather’s village, it’s my family’s land,’ Lo explains.
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Laucala Island
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Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala Island manages its own airline (with a hangar-side fully serviced corporate lounge in Nadi enabling guests arriving on international commercial flights to complete arrival formalities in privacy), has a fleet of vessels docked in the marina for guest use, is a Customs Clearance Port with rights over the surrounding air and sea traffic, and that it has built a self sustaining village on neighbouring Qamea Island to house over 300 staff and it quickly becomes apparent that Laucala is far from your average luxury resort. With just 25 residences .....(for a maximum of 80 guests), built around 27 swimming pools oriented for maximum privacy, it’s highly likely that you won’t see any other guests during your stay. Particularly if you take up the Destination Dining option, just one significant element of the all inclusive tariff. Beyond mere room service, in villa dining involves a culinary team of at least six staff to prepare, cook, serve and clear. If you’re not sure which of the champagnes in your villa’s fridge is an appropriate accompaniment, the Sommelier will obligingly offer his recommendation, which naturally is served in bottomless fine crystal glasses, no matter whether it’s breakfast or dinner time. In fact, so discreet is Laucala Island, 45 minutes from Nadi in the King Air Beechcraft B200 Turboprop aircraft, that guests don’t actually make a reservation so much as submit an application to visit. You’ll need to come with your credentials highly polished of course: simply because you can afford to shell out upwards of 3800USD per night, doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be invited to stay. Sounds a bit snooty and exclusive? Well yes, it does, but Laucala is all about creating extraordinary, personalised guest experiences, anticipating, and then meeting guests’ every need. It’s about discretion, opulence and the very finest service ethos. In keeping with the warm nature of Fijian hospitality, it is far from snooty. Rather, it is intimate, elegant and oh so indulgent. Show less
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Moana Sailing Fiji
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I am Mika Colati from Muana-i-cake village of the Vunikoro clan, Acting Chief of Vulaga Island in the Southern Lau Group, Fiji. I welcome David and Fiona into our village and support their collecting of stories and photos…I think it is a good idea to collect the stories from us, so everybody can look back at what is recorded to help us remember our traditions. I remember our forefathers, our grandfathers and my father and know that solesolevaki* and veiwasei* * is a good idea, we really like how it .....helps the village…  our families can look back and everybody will remember our village. * Solesolevaki defines the Fijian community spirit which guides villager’s contribution to the overall prosperity of the village by helping each other with farming, building, fishing, family chores, or wherever else help is required. ** Veiwasei describes Fijian generosity of sharing resources and skills between family, clan and village Show less
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Kioa Island
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Kioa Island, Fiji
Kioa Island, Fiji
Kioa Island, Fiji
According to the village spokesman who greets me as I come ashore on Kioa Island, “Our people came to this island to start a new life in Fiji in 1946 after our island, Vaitupu, became over crowded. Volunteers came first, then the rest of the population followed. Today, we are Fiji citizens but our heart is Tuvaluan,” he says, placing his hand over his heart. His symbolic gesture is the cue for the few hundred villagers gathered to break into song once again, singing stories of their Polynesian homeland. The beachfront .....community hall is charged with emotion as men of all ages seated around a communal drum beat it loudly, enthusiastically. Sitting cross legged on all sides, villagers clap hands and sing while handsome young ladies and men line the walls, their hips swaying in unison. Adorned with traditional costumes made from raffia and woven palm fronds, their heads festooned with colourful floral garlands, their faces break into wide-mouth smiles as harmonic voices seem to raise the roof from the rafters. Their passion for song and dance is palpable. And infectious. I clap and sway with the rhythm. Show less
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Drua Island
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Continuing our cultural journey, another shore excursion finds us visiting Drua Drua Island, where the villagers and school children eagerly anticipate our visit. Many passengers have brought books, pencils and other gifts specifically to assist children who suffer the consequences of their remote location. Where most of us exist in a technology-driven world, these kids close their books before the sun sets as there is no electricity for reading after dark. Naturally, mobile phones and computers are non-existent in the absence of power to charge the gadgets that most of .....us take for granted. School Principal Semi Goletoka gives us a guided tour of the classrooms and dormitories where 65 students board on-island to attend classes during the school week. “I was posted here two years ago,” he says proudly. “We care for these children 24 hours each day so that they may have an education. We face many challenges, but the most important goal is to get electricity into the school,” Semi says from the steps leading to his classroom. Show less
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Uprising Beach Resort
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Uprising Beach Resort, Fiji
Uprising Beach Resort, Fiji
Uprising Beach Resort, Fiji
Uprising Beach Resort, Fiji
Uprising Beach Resort, Fiji
Uprising Beach Resort, Fiji
I took some photos of this metal beast on a recent holiday to Uprising Beach Resort in Fiji (no, this wasn’t a junket – this was an actual holiday! It was actually a relief to not be connected to the internet for a week – you should try it sometime!). I took these photos from the shoreline to document that I had actually seen this marvel of marine engineering. I just wish I had a bigger lens to spy on all of the details inside! And X-ray vision as well!
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Sigatoka River Safari
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Sigatoka River Safari, Fiji
Sigatoka River Safari, Fiji
Sigatoka River Safari, Fiji
Sigatoka River Safari, Fiji
Sigatoka River Safari, Fiji
Anyway, if you are around Fiji, a day out River Jet Boating with Sigatoka River Safaris is great fun. To score more info on Fiji, check out Fiji (Country Guide). Thanks to Sigatoka River Safaris and Tourism Fiji for providing (yet) another awesome day out! See more at my boat jokes!
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Fiji Islands
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Fiji Islands, Fiji
Fiji Islands, Fiji
Fiji Islands, Fiji
Fiji Islands, Fiji
The easiest way to get around the Yasawa Islands is with the hop-on-hop-off Bula Pass. You can view the latest pricing on the official website of Awesome Adventures Fiji. The Bula Pass makes island hopping in Fiji quite economical, with passes starting at AUD 303 for 5 days, and options going right out to 15 day passes. I’ve also written a full review of the Yasawa Flyer Bula Pass which will save you a few hundred dollars on your trip. Be sure to have a read.   Which of the Yasawa Islands are at .....the top on your island hopping list?   Show less
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Wayasewa Island
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Wayasewa Island, Fiji
Wayasewa Island, Fiji
Wayasewa Island, Fiji
Waya Lailai is a smaller island located further south in the Yasawa group. This is one of the first stops the Yasawa Flyer makes after passing the Mamanuca Islands. I had planned to visit this island but unfortunately ran out of time. Many travellers in the Yasawa Islands talk about how amazing the hike is to the sunrise viewpoint on Waya Lailai. It is supposed to be a steep climb with an incredible view. I definitely plan to revisit just for this! Another key attraction on Waya Lailai is the snorkeling with .....reef sharks. Don’t worry, they’re small and haven’t been known to attack people… yet. Show less
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Kuata
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Kuata, Fiji
Kuata, Fiji
Kuata, Fiji
Kuata, Fiji
Kuata Island offers one of the most daunting activities in the Yasawa Islands. Diving with full-sized Bull Sharks, without a cage. Sounds crazy right? This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bull Sharks elsewhere in the world (like Australia) are known as one of the more aggressive species. I’m not sure why they don’t attack people on Kuata Island, and I’m not sure I want to find out. However, if you’re a thrill-seeker, this might be worthy of your travel bucket list. The main accommodation on Kuata Island is Barefoot Kuata. This is run .....by the same company that runs Barefoot Manta, so I expect great things too. They also have a similar set up with a dive shop on site run by Reef Safaris. Show less
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Matangi Private Island Resort
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Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji
Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji
Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji
Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji
Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji
Matangi Private Island Resort, Fiji
On our final full day, it was spent on a private island owned by Blue Lagoon Cruises. The island was set up with facilities aimed at cruise ship visitors, such as hammocks and beach lounges all the way along the beachfront, kayaks and snorkelling equipment to entertain us and of course plenty of food.
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Naitasiri
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Naitasiri, Fiji
Naitasiri, Fiji
Naitasiri, Fiji
Naitasiri, Fiji
Naitasiri, Fiji
Of course, the home team in Sigatoka is Nadroga. Their opponent was from Naitasiri Province in the Fiji Highlands which is about a 4 hour drive from Sigatoka. However, I was slightly confused because on the scoreboard the visiting team was spelled “Natsiri”. But I suspect that it was a necessary abbreviation due to lack of space.
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Matamanoa Island Resort
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Matamanoa Island Resort, Fiji
Matamanoa Island Resort, Fiji
Matamanoa Island Resort, Fiji
Matamanoa Island Resort, Fiji
Matamanoa Island Resort, Fiji
Matamanoa Island Resort, Fiji
If you’re looking to relax and unwind at a spa break consider the Matamanoa Island Resort which has an infinity pool and a Treetop Spa and wellness centre.  It’s an adults-only resort surrounded by sparkling sea and white sandy beaches- a dream destination for couples celebrating their honeymoon in Fiji.  There are also complimentary activities available such as snorkelling lessons and canoeing, or hire mountain bikes and head out to explore- you could even give cocounut bowling a go. Other spa resorts include:  Tropica Island Resort, Koro Sun Resort and Rainforest Spa, Musket .....Cove Island Resort, Mana Island Resort and Spa, Doubletree by Hilton Fiji- Sonaisali Island. Show less
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Natadola Beach
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Natadola Beach, Fiji
Natadola Beach, Fiji
Natadola Beach, Fiji
Natadola Beach, Fiji
Natadola Beach, Fiji
After a day in the sunshine at this dreamy resort, head to the restaurant for a wide selection of delicious a la carte dishes. Enjoy them in a  romantic setting and relaxed atmosphere looking out to the beautiful blue sea. If you’re looking for light dishes and drinks, you can also head to the pool bar throughout the day.  In addition to the food,  Yatule Resort & Spa in Fiji is perfectly positioned on the famous Natadola Beach.  Relax with massages or head to the nearby championship golf course.
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Vomo
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Vomo, Fiji
Vomo, Fiji
Vomo, Fiji
Vomo Island Resort has 28 villas and private residences. Guests can choose from three villa types; Hillside (65 sqm), Beachfront (65 sqm), Beachfront Retreat (85 sqm) or four private residences; The Royal, The BeacHouse  Vomo Residence  or The Palms. The villas are built in traditional bure style with spacious modern interiors. Every villa offers an extended sun deck with outdoor furniture, separate sleeping, living and dressing areas and a private spa in the bathroom.  The private residences feature a variety of additional amenities, including a pool, media room, outdoor showers and a chef’s kitchen.  
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Denarau Island
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Denarau Island, Fiji
Denarau Island, Fiji
Denarau Island, Fiji
Denarau Island, Fiji
Denarau Island, Fiji
Denarau Island, Fiji
Both Denarau Island and Momi Bay are well known for their luxurious resorts—the perfect places to “flop-and-drop” and completely unwind. What’s not as well known about these areas is that there are plenty of incredible things-to-do around each of the resorts. While world-class golf courses, resort pools, tennis courts and shops certainly do hold their appeal, there are some very “uniquely-Fiji” activities that you can enjoy in these regions too! Get out and explore with a day trip to the Sabeto Hot Springs. Located on the outskirts of the Koroyanitu National .....Heritage Park, getting there takes just under 25 minutes from Nadi/Denarau and under an hour from Momi Bay. The drive is picturesque and travels through stunning farmland and vegetation—it is the perfect, refreshing way to prepare for the rejuvenation that you’ll soon experience bathing in the mud pools and geothermal hot springs! If you’d prefer some clearer water during your Fiji holiday, visit the Port Denarau Marina. Home to the Fiji International Jazz and Blues Festival and the South Pacific Food and Wine Festival, there are plenty of opportunities to listen and feast as you gaze out over the sea! There are plenty of restaurants located right on the waterfront, with menus to suit all tastes. Sample dishes by internationally acclaimed chefs or enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the sun go down. Denarau Island and Momi Bay are both great places to based yourself if you want to explore further afield too. Both boast easy access to the hub, Nadi, where you can go ziplining or visit the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. This exquisite Hindu temple acts as a peaceful oasis within the bustling city and provides a lot of insight into the region’s Indian culture. Boats also leave both areas, taking tours out to surround islands and surf breaks. Try the waves at Cloudbreak from Momi Bay or cruise out the Mamanuca Islands from Denarau. Snorkel, dive or go on a fishing tour. Click here to find out more! Show less
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Toberua Island
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Toberua Island, Fiji
Toberua Island, Fiji
Toberua Island, Fiji
Toberua Island, Fiji
Toberua Island, Fiji
Toberua Island, Fiji This private, secluded island is located off the east coast of Fiji’s mainland of Viti Levu.  This idyllic pocket in Fiji is remote and offers a stunningly unique setting, perfect for celebrations of all kinds.  You can even book the entire island for a wedding, anniversary or any other celebration for all your friends and family!  Enjoy a wide range of activities too from scuba diving to eco trail hikes and visiting local villages. Moreton Island, Australia At just a 75 minute cruise from Brisbane, you can find yourself on .....stunning Moreton Island!  Go for a day visit, or stay a few nights at Tangalooma Beach Resort and immerse yourself in true island life among stretches of white-sand beaches!  Adventures abound; enjoy hiking and walking trails, join a 4WD tour, partake on a desert journey, which includes tobogganing down sand dunes!  Don’t forget to snorkel the Tangalooma shipwrecks; a man-made wreck dive and snorkel site easily accessible directly from the shores of Tangalooma beach. White Island, New Zealand This active volcano White Island is accessible from any city within the Bay of Plenty region.  An active volcano in every sense of the word, it roars and hisses while releasing 800°C gases.  Visit the scenic reserves by helicopters or set up a walking tour of the island, leading to the large crater itself (you’ll be given a hard hat and gas mask)!  This is an extraordinary experience and a must-do! Taha’a Island, Tahiti This flower-shaped island is also known as the ‘Vanilla Island’ for the island’s rich vanilla fragrance that can be smelled island-wide.  Vanilla is often cultivated from numerous vanilla farms and sought after from world-renowned chefs!  Time appears to stop on this subtle and calm island, making your vacation peaceful but also memorable. Savai’i Island, Samoa As the third-largest Polyenesian Island after Tahiti and even New Zealand, this Samoan paradise has been dubbed the ‘real Samoa’ for its untouched lush interior and incredible archaeological sites and deep history.  Plus, the island is easy to travel around, as it’s encircled by one road.  A must-see is to check out the Saleaula lava fields, where Mt. Matavanu erupted (from 1905 through to 1911) and left kilometres of molten lava and see the outlines of the five villages that have been burned. Show less
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Fiji Airways Premier Lounge
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Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, Fiji
Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, Fiji
Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, Fiji
Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, Fiji
Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, Fiji
Fiji Airways Premier Lounge, Fiji
The following airlines have lounges located within the airport. For access to specific lounges, refer to your airline. Fiji Airways - The Tabua Club lounge is located on the ground floor of the departure hall, to the left of Fiji Airways' premium business lounge. Lounge facilities include hot and cold savoury food, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, shower facilities and high-speed internet access. The lounge is for the exclusive use of the Fiji Airways' Tabua Club members, however customers can pay a nominal fee to use the lounge services .....before international flights. The Tabua Club lounge complements the existing premium Business Class Lounge, which is now dedicated exclusively to Fiji Airways' business class customers. Air New Zealand - The Koru lounge is located on the ground floor of the departure hall, after security. The lounge is open three hours prior to flight departure. Lounge facilities include light refreshments, bar facilities, reading material, TV and business facilities. The Air New Zealand lounge is available to eligible passengers with Koru membership. Show less
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Suva-Nausori Airport
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Suva-Nausori Airport, Fiji
Suva-Nausori Airport, Fiji
Suva-Nausori Airport, Fiji
If you are coming to Taveuni from overseas, your flight will land in Suva International Airport or Nadi International Airport. Most flights will land in Nadi International Airport. From Nadi, you will need to catch another 1.5 hour flight that lands in Matei Airport–on the northern point of Taveuni. There is also a ferry service that connects Viti Levu to Taveuni.
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Waitabu Marine Park
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The waters of Taveuni aren’t just for scuba divers. Snorkellers and freedivers will have a great time as well exploring the ocean at Waitabu Marine Park. This sanctuary zone bans fishing and you’re likely to see an array of reef sharks, sea turtles, giant clams, eels, parrotfish, and much more. The visitor center is found in Waitabu Village.
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